Marines and Sailors from Headquarters Company, Regimental Combat Team 1 arrived at Camp Pendleton around midnight. Many of the Marines and sailors were overcome with emotion when they reunited with their family members, many of whom had traveled from all over the country for the homecoming.
"It feels better than hitting a game-winning home run," Sgt. Juan Cruz said.
Asked what it was like seeing his kids again, he added, "Beautiful -- best feeling in the world."